By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes Arsenal's defensive work is improving all the time - and the statistics back him up.

A difficult start to the campaign saw the Gunners concede 14 times in their first five Premier League fixtures but they have let in just 27 in the following 28 league games.

Last Wednesday's 3-0 win at Wolves was Arsenal's fifth shut-out in seven matches in all competitions and Wenger believes the thirst for clean sheets is reminiscent of the fabled defence he inherited when he arrived at Highbury in 1996.

"It is getting there," he told Arsenal Player, "because everyone does their job well.

"What we used to think is that clean sheets are only linked to defenders but it is not like that. It is more a team effort and on that front I believe we have improved.

"Of course our overall defensive record is still not good, but if you take into consideration that we conceded eight at Manchester United and four at Blackburn at the start of the season, our record since that period is quite good defensively."

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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16 Apr 2012